The new Minister for the Marine has been named as Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen, TD for Laois/Offaly
Fianna Fáil Deputy, Barry Cowen TD, has been appointed as the new Minister for Agriculture and the Marine by newly-elected Taoiseach, Micheál Martin.
Barry Cowen, a TD for Laois-Offaly and brother of former Fianna Fáil Taoiseach and Finance Minister Brian Cowen, was given the portfolio in the new Government following the announcement of the cabinet yesterday evening Saturday, 27 June.
In the last Dáil, Deputy Cowen was Fianna Fail’s spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform.
An auctioneer and valuer by trade, the incoming member of cabinet is from Clara, Co. Offaly. He was previously Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Environment and Local Government in July 2012 and party spokesperson on Social Protection in March 2011.
Minister Cowen was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011 following the retirement of his brother Brian Cowen. Before that he was a member of Offaly County Council between 1991 and 2011 and acted as chairman of Offaly County Council from 2000 to 2001. His grandfather Christy Cowen was an Offaly County Councillor and a member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive.
So far, there has been no super junior Minister appointed to Fisheries. Green Party spokesperson for Agriculture, farmer and Offaly native, Senator Pippa Hackett has been appointed as a minister of state in the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for land use and biodiversity, even though she has not been elected by the Irish people.
Elected to the Seanad last November, Senator Hackett became the first Green Party councillor to be elected to Offaly County Council in May 2019.
The above announcements follow the confirmation today that Micheál Martin is now the Taoiseach with the previous Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar appointed as Tánaiste with The Green Party leader Eamon Ryan as the Minister for Climate Action,Communication Networks and Transport. Micheál Martin was appointed to the position of Taoiseach by President Michael D. Higgins after being nominated by the Dáil.